Early last week, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon presented an assessment of the progress made to date towards accomplishment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), a framework established by the U.N. in 2000 calling for the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger by 2015.
Mr. Ban's speech and report, Keeping the Promise, identify achievements and gaps in the attainment of the 8 major development goals, which address poverty and hunger, universal education, gender equity, child health, maternal health, HIV/AIDS, environmental sustainability, and global development partnerships.
In his remarks, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon invited participation in the U.N. Summit to be held in September of this year and said of the ultimate aim of this global agenda:
The Summit is an opportunity to keep our promise to billions, yes, billions, of poor and vulnerable people. This is our common responsibility: Governments, civil society, the private sector, social and religious movements, the UN itself. It is a practical necessity and a moral imperative. The Millennium Declaration gave us the promise — the pledge by world leaders to spare no effort to build a fairer, more sustainable world. The MDGs gave us the framework.
Find a transcript of Mr. Ban's March 16 speech on the U.N.'s web site. You can also view other speeches and presentations about the Millennium Development Goals and related issues on the United Nations' YouTube Channel.
To monitor the progress of the Millennium Development Goals and to get involved as an individual or organization, visit the following web sites:
- Millennium Development Goals: At a Glance [PDF]
This fact sheet gives the parameters established in 2000 and an assessment of the progress to date in accomplishing them.
- United Nations Millennium Development Goals
The U.N. web site provides detailed information on the goals and their targets and indicators.
- International Grantmaking IV: Highlights [PDF]
The Foundation Center's research report analyzes U.S. foundation giving to international programs and how this funding supports U.N. development goals.
- Millennium Villages
Based on the findings of the UN Millennium Project and led by teams at the Earth Institute, Millennium Promise, and the United Nations Development Programme, Millennium Villages is a project run by communities in Africa to find sustainable ways of reducing and ending poverty.
- End Poverty
2015: Millennium Campaign
Go to the Take Action area of this campaign web site for information on how to become involved in MDG projects.
- BBC World Service Trust
The BBC's international charity publishes 2015: Where Will We Be?, a web site that tracks the development goals by country and continent.
- Drivers of Inequality in Millennium Development Goal Progress: A Statistical Analysis
PLoS Medicine, March 2010
This article analyzes the progress made towards health MDGs in relation to economic development, public health funding, and overall health infrastructure.
Use the Foundation Center's subject-specific online hubs to access our statistical tools and knowledge bases as well as research, commentary, case studies, and more from other research and policy organizations working in the following core areas:
Climate Change | Education | Health Care | Post-Conflict Countries | Poverty